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Watch: PW.39-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Hunot, Man




Thin verge watch in gilt case

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement, un-signed, cuvette engraved 'M Hunot' and 'LONDON'. Balance cock, segment table with cut away centre, one arm engraved with a snail, the other a hare. Regulation sector scale engraved on neck with ends marked 'S' and 'F'. Blued steel end piece with diamond end stone, regulator fitted to central boss and overlapped by two end piece screws. Foot engraved, curved from neck and straight sides, pointed end, hand set and winding holes through foot. Polished steel balance. Top plate has an engraved border and rings under balance. Turned fusee iron post. Potance screwed, and rectangular-counter potance riveted to plate, two tapped rectangular blocks to secure brass edge. Pillar plate with four turned pillars, ringed at ends. Centre wheel recessed, third wheel bar. Pillar plate tapered towards edge (to take curve of dial). Fusee and chain with set-up click under dial, one lip on barrel. Verge escapement. Train planted clockwise.
Great efforts have obviously been made, in planning the movement, to get it as flat as possible.

DIAL: White enamel convex on copper, two feet. Diamond shaped quarter marks, ladder minute ring, radial Roman chapters.

BRASS EDGE: With cuvette, with movement fitting into centre, from the dial side, and fixed to movement by two horizontal screws. Dial feet fit through flat casing diameter, whole then fits into case from back and secured by four turn screws. Casing diameter flat and top flat engraved. Hinged cuvette, back engraved 'M Hunot' above 'LONDON' all surrounded by engraved decoration. Two hands engraved from hand set hole and horse in harness pulling from winding hole, also 'No 471' engraved.

HANDS: Missing, and no provision has been made for a seconds hand.

CASE: Gilt metal, plain with only the back opening, movement in brass edge fitting it from back. Glass missing.


History note: Unknown before S.G. Perceval (1838-1922)

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest, 1922

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1830

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel ( white, on copper) copper
Movement composed of iron steel
Case composed of gilt metal Diameter 57.5 mm Height 71.5 mm Thickness 17 mm
Movement (end Stone) composed of diamond
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 40.25 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 41.5 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 52.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 4 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'M Hunot' and 'LONDON'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 'No 471'
  • Location: Brass edge
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.39-1923
Primary reference Number: 207308
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 10 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 28 March 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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